Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

Peace Corps To End China Program

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Peace Corps has decided to ax its China program. Critics of the decision call the program one of the diplomatic success stories in the history of China-U.S. relations.


Views From The U.K. And Germany Regarding Iran

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

The United States' European allies are trying to deal with new security problems after the U.S. killing of Iran's top general.


Swine Fever In China Forces Germans To Pay More For Pork

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

A devastating outbreak of swine fever in China has increased Chinese demand for European pork, and that's leaving less meat available for sausages in Germany.


How The 2010s Were Angela Merkel's Decade

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Between the financial crisis and record refugees, the long-serving chancellor "kept a steady hand during a tumultuous time," says one biographer.


Ho Ho, Oh No! Germany Has A Santa Shortage

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Across Europe and North America, throngs of Santa impersonators have been busy preparing children for Christmas. But in Germany, there's a lack of interest among people to play the jolly character.


Germany Reacts To U.S. Sanctions On Gas Pipeline

Thursday, December 19, 2019

President Trump is expected to sign into law sanctions against companies building a natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.


German Telecom Company Chooses Huawei To Start 5G Network Project

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The move goes against efforts by President Trump to persuade countries not to contract the Chinese electronics giant because it could open a backdoor to widespread surveillance of citizens.


Germany Expels Russian Diplomats As Prosecutors Work On Murder Investigation

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Germany has expelled two Russian diplomats as federal prosecutors investigate the murder of a former Chechen commander in broad daylight in a Berlin park back in August.


In Germany, Merkel's Party Says Huawei Decision Should Be Made By Parliament

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Another twist in the saga of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel has been overruled by her own party over whether to allow Huawei to upgrade Germany's 5G infrastructure


What's Left Behind Of The Berlin Wall

Saturday, November 09, 2019

As Germany celebrates the 30th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Wall, the city has incorporated a piece of the historic relic into the landscape of the united German capital.


The Berlin Wall Fell And Thousands Left This East German City. Now Some Are Returning

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Picturesque Goerlitz has appeared in films like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Inglourious Basterds. But a lack of jobs led thousands of residents to go elsewhere. The city is trying to woo them back.


A Tale Of 2 Cities In Germany, 30 Years After The Berlin Wall Came Down

Friday, November 08, 2019

Gorlitz, Germany, lost most of its population after the Berlin Wall came down 30 years ago — but now the city is on the rebound, thanks to tourism and the film industry.


David Hasselhoff Is Still Big In Germany 30 Years After His Berlin Wall Show

Friday, November 08, 2019

The Hoff recently sat down with NPR in Berlin and told the story of how he became a rock star there.


In German Coal Country, This Former Socialist Model City Has Shrunk In Half

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Thirty years after the Berlin Wall fell, Hoyerswerda is struggling to thrive, a far-right party has gained popularity and many residents worry about the future when Germany phases out coal.


China's Influence In The Czech Republic

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Charles University in Prague is at the center of a fight over Chinese influence, after a major corporate sponsor tried to limit academic criticism of Beijing.


Czech-Chinese Ties Strained As Prague Stands Up To Beijing

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Beijing recently canceled a sister-city agreement with Prague, whose mayor opposed inclusion of a "One China" provision that Taiwan is part of China. Beijing also canceled a Prague Philharmonic tour.


As An Election Nears In Poland, Church And State Are A Popular Combination

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party leads its opposition in opinion polls ahead of Sunday's election. "Christianity is part of our national identity," party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said recently.


Nationalist Message Is Popular Ahead Of Polish Elections

Friday, October 11, 2019

It's election season in Poland, and the clear favorite is the right-wing Law and Justice party. It has overseen one of the fastest growing economies in the EU.


Suspect Posted Racist Screed Before Launching Deadly Attack In Germany

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The German government has described Wednesday's shooting outside a synagogue in the town of Halle as an anti-Semitic attack. Two people were killed. Police have arrested a suspect.


Far Right Makes Gains In 2 German State Elections As Centrists Hang Onto Power

Friday, September 20, 2019

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won big in this month's Brandenburg and Saxony state elections. A recent poll shows the AfD more popular than ever throughout Germany.